Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Robert Fletcher, Director and Co-Founder of Active Travel

The challenge for the industry is…. Maintaining a high level of professionalism, credibility and consumer financial security post TCF.

The things I like about my job are… As an owner I do have an iota of control over my life, something I may not have if working for another. I also have greater job security, something many are worried about now.

And the frustrations… It is me whose head rolls first and last, or both times.

If I didn’t work in travel I would be a… Probably unemployed on the coast up north.

Qantas or Virgin? Good question…and the answer is?

My proudest moment was…. I’ve won a few major industry awards which was pretty good, but the ‘proudest’ ones have been witnessing achievements made by my son and my wife.

The naughtiest thing I ever did was….. Which year and month are we talking about and have you been looking at my police record?

I try to relax by… Well, relaxing is a high priority when I relax.

The last time I feared for my life…. Motorbike crashes are fearful, and damaging, but the most bizarre occurred in Tibet when I was asleep and a wild Tibetan mastiff decided to give me a good smell over. Fortunately, I apparently failed the smell test and it decided not to eat me.

If I can, I always try to avoid… Errors, misunderstandings and arguments.

I really wish I had… Made a lot of different decisions.

The best advice I’ve ever received was… From my father when he said ‘a job’s not worth half doing’.

I don’t understand why… I’m not understood

My greatest weakness is…. I’m not assertive enough, a side effect of foot in mouth syndrome.

And my greatest strength…. Honesty. Also, I’m an expert at nothing backed by a lot of general knowledge.

If I was prime minister I would… Establish a dictatorship and then get the job done.

If I won $1 million on the lottery I would…. Not believe it until the dough is in the offshore tax haven.

If I could be someone else for one day I would be… Depends on the day. A day of close stalking of a Japanese whaler aboard the Sea Shepherd would be a day to remember. I’d be the one sending of the mortars of marbles.

I’ve always wanted to travel to…. Kamchatka.

My favourite holiday was…. Now when was that? Ngapali Beach in Myanmar a few years back was very quiet, relaxing, affordable and comfortable. That was the latest ‘holiday’.

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